Introduction: Making a 3D Model of a Shuriken in Blender

This instructable is intended to be a clear, detailed set of instructions on how to create a simple model in Blender. It makes a great first project and teaches some of the basics of blender which can be used to create much more complex models. If you need to get Blender, the newest version can be downloaded here.  Another interesting blender tutorial can be found here.

Step 1: Getting Started With Blender

When you open Blender, you will notice that there is already objects there. At this stage we don't need these objects so let's delete them. But, before we do that, let's go over some basic commands that help make Blender so powerful.

Left Mouse Button (LMB) is generally in charge of moving stuff around
Middle Mouse Button (MMB) is what changes the viewpoint
Right Mouse Button (RMB) is what selects and deselects
A is select all / deselect all
E is Extrude
S is Scale
Space brings up a menu for item creation

So just press A until all of the items are pink then press Del then

Step 2: Make a Plane

The base for this shuriken is a plane. Create one by pressing Space then put your mouse over Add>Mesh then click Plane. A square should appear on your screen

Step 3: Subdivide

Blender has a feature called Subdivide which will split the plane into 4 identical planes. We will use that to get the plane ready to be transformed into shuriken shape.

First enter Edit Mode

Then click Subdivide

The plane should now look like the picture.

If this doesn't work, make sure you have selected the plane by pressing A

Step 4: Give It the Shuriken Shape

So to get the plane to look like a shuriken, start with one corner and drag it out until it looks good. For me, this was one big square in the grid.

To select a corner, make sure everything is deselected (selected points, or vertices, turn yellow)
RMB on the corner then drag it out and use LMB to set the vertex there.

Do this to all four sides.

Step 5: Change the Viewpoint

One window worked just fine while we were manipulating the 2D version of this model, but now we need something a little more useful. To do this we will split the window into 3, all with different viewpoints.

First, bring your mouse up near the top where it should turn into a double-arrow re-sizing cursor.
Next Right Click and select Split Area.
Click somewhere in the middle of the screen to complete the vertical split.
Do this again on the right side to give us a third window.

Now press Num 1 while your mouse is over the left window,
Num 7" while your mouse is over the top window,
and Num 3 while your mouse is over the bottom window.

Step 6: Extrude the Shuriken Upwards

Now we turn the 2D drawing into a 3D model.

Select all by pressing A
Extrude upwards by pressing E
Continue up until it is about half as thick as you want the finished product to be then press LMB

Step 7: Give the Shuriken a Nice, Pointy Edge

All right this step is fairly simple.

Press S To start scaling.
Move the mouse until the shuriken looks something like the one in the picture.

Step 8: Mirroring the Shuriken

Well, that looks pretty good, but it seems to be missing a side. To fix that we will use a function of Blender's called Mirroring.

Use A to select all of the vertices
On the bottom right of the screen there should be a button called "Add Modifier".
Click on that then select "Mirror".
Make sure that the settings match the picture.
Click Apply

Step 9: You're Finished!!

Doesn't that nice shiny shuriken look positively lethal now?

Comments

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St Jimmy made it! (author)2011-04-10

In the new blender, you can do this by going to the View bar at the bottom, and clicking 'Toggle Quad View' or alternatively press Ctrl Alt Q

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thomas9666 made it! (author)2011-02-11

Love this instructable.... Although... From a previous attempt at Blender modeling i know that you can set a picture as the material of texture.
I have a picture of blood on steel and I would like this to be on the shuriken but how do you do it?

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thomas9666 made it! (author)thomas96662011-02-11

I have just rendered the image and I love the picture but I still think it would look better with a blood effect

Shuriken.jpg
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killersquirel11 made it! (author)killersquirel112011-02-11

Try this link

It does a decent job of describing the process.

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thomas9666 made it! (author)thomas96662011-02-12

cheers! it worked but for some reason it won't render the image now...

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freerunnin1 made it! (author)2010-02-28

im thinking about making an instructable about blender too, i have just finished modeling, uv mapping and texturing my model of a magnum, ill attach a couple of pics...

magnum 1.jpgmagnum 2.jpgmagnum 3.jpg
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killersquirel11 made it! (author)killersquirel112010-02-28

awesome!!

Send me a link when you do and I'll be sure to put it somewhere in my instructable.

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freerunnin1 made it! (author)freerunnin12010-03-03

oh and i subscribed to you btw

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freerunnin1 made it! (author)freerunnin12010-03-03

ok ive just finished the tutorial and i put  a link in it to your tutorial, heres a link to it.
https://www.instructables.com/id/Blender-3D-Back-to-basics/
its not that clear because i crammed alot of info into a small amount of space thats why i put a link to yours in it so they could se it simplified if you know what i mean